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Downtown Boys: Full Communism


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From Pitchfork:
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“Contrary to easily held stereotypes about the social function of wind instruments, punk rock and saxophones have a long and healthy history. Lora Logic played one in the Raincoats and X-Ray Spex and in her own band, Essential Logic; James Chance played one in the Contortions; proto-bro band Fear even made it to Saturday Night Live with a flamboyantly stupid piece of rhetoric called “New York’s Alright if You Like Saxophones”. So what is it about that sound? One theory, humbly submitted: There is almost nothing that will get people to stiffen up and listen like the blare of a badly played horn. Enter Downtown Boys, self-billed as a “bi bilingual political dance sax punk party from Providence,” which, okay. Alternating between boilerplate hardcore and a simple, melancholic riff that almost sounds like early Brian Eno left to rot, the band makes its point messily, happily and without a lot of wiggle room. My Spanish is shot, but I figure Victoria Ruiz is meant to be understood better through her energy than her words anyway, with the possible exception of “Monstro”‘s refrain: “She’s brown! She’s smart! She’s brown! She’s smart!” As well said as a saxophone.”
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Full Communism is out May 5th on Don Giovanni Records; check out “Monstro” below.
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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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